Harold John Parkin (1885–1948)


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Photos courtesy Barbara Singleton (with thanks to Alan Beardshaw)

Harold Parkin in WW1

Harold Pakin in WW1

Harold when he was a Lance Corporal

Harold was born in 1885, and like his brother he worked as a railway clerk. He married Betsy Dawes 20 June 1914 at Crich. He became a sergeant during his service and returned to Crich after the war before moving to Sheffield where he continued his employment as a railway clerk.

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier, 16 November 1918
Amongst the soldiers who have been at home to participate in the peace rejoicing is were Corporals Oscar Snow, of Chase Cliff Farm, and Harold J. Parkin, of Hill Top House, Crich Common. Corpl. Snow who came over on Saturday from Salonika is on his first leave since July 1915. He has seen service in France, Egypt, Salonika, and Bulgaria, and during his three years and four months fighting has escaped being wounded. He has had a malaria however on several occasions.

Derby Courier, 1 November 1919
Sergt. Harold J Parkin of Hill Top House, Fritchley, has been demobilised after over three years' service in France. He was on the clerical staff of the Midlands Railway Company at Derby at the time he joined up.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

Harold Parkin's brothers Frank Parkin and George Parkin are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
John James Parkin Head 39 Foreman lime works Fritchley
Annie E Parkin wife 40   Cromford
George N Parkin son 16 Railway clerk Fritchley
Harold J Parkin son 15 Railway clerk Fritchley
Frank A Parkin son 14 Clerk commercial Fritchley
Mary Ellen Parkin daughter 10   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
John James Parkin Head 49 Lime worker Fritchley
Annie Elizth Parkin wife 50   Cromford
Harold John Parkin son 25 Railway clerk Fritchley
Frank Ashton Parkin son 24 Railway clerk Fritchley
Mary Ellen Parkin daughter 20   Fritchley
Elsie Annie Whitham niece 20   Ecclesfield
Emily Millicent Annie Elliott cousin 41   Manchester

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1918 Crich voters
Harold J Parkin, Bull Bridge; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Brocco Bank, Sheffield
Harold J Parkin b.13 April 1885; railway clerk
Betsy V Parkin b.17 September 1886
Betty Beardshaw (Parkin) b. 18 December 1920; invoice clerk steel works
James D Parkin b.18 March 1927; school
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